Ko Te Poho o Tamatea Pokai Whenua te mauka

 

Ko Te Poho o Tamatea Pokai Whenua te mauka, ko Whakaraupō te moana, ko Takitimu, ko Uruao, ko Makawhiu kā waka, ko Te Raki Whakaputa te takata, ko Kāi Tahu te iwi, ko Kāti Wheke te hapū, ko Wheke te whare tipuna, ko Rāpaki te marae.


 

On the shores of Whakaraupō, Whānau Ora Navigators came this week to be energised.   

They walked out on the jetty and threw stones that skimmed across the mirrored reflection of sea and shore.  They stood in wonder and pondered the might of Te Poho o Tamatea. In this place in which the chief Te Rakiwhakaputa laid down his rāpaki and laid claim to this land, they thought about the meaning and naming of place; the significance of home, the relationship of ‘whenua’ to tangata whenua.

And the stories came thick and fast.

A team of our Navigators spent  a couple of days exploring ‘digital stories’ (pronounced ‘digi-cool’!)

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu places great faith in Whānau Ora stories.   Have a look at the thirty plus splices of inspiration that are on our website.   They are amazing moments of motivation that keep our momentum high. Whānau doing amazing things, making a difference for their own.

We want that enthusiasm to spread – hence the navigators are looking at ways of sharing the stories that whānau have, as a key initiative moving forward.

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So watch this space.   Digi-cool stories coming to you!

A formal evaluation of Whānau Ora Navigation Programme commissioned, by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, found that Navigators are having a significant and positive impact with whānau across Te Waipounamu (Ihi Research, 2017).

Whānau regard Navigators are a critically important enabler of change.  They say that the best navigators are authentic, accessible and work with whānau as equals.

The evaluation also told us that there is an opportunity to strengthen the Navigator network by:

  • Creating a foundation for more reflective learning.

  • Introducing an induction process.

  • Investigating a qualifications and recognition framework.

  • Developing a whānau outcome progression framework.

  • Strengthening working relationships with host agencies.

 

We hope to make some announcement around this area at the Symposium next week.


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When we talk of inspirational leaders, Rauhine Coakley is certainly on that list.

During Wave Six, Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae (Hokitika based) introduced a fabulous initiative, Karawhiua!

KARAWHIUA!

In thirteen easy steps, whānau take on learning to be SuperWhānau:

 

DAY1 THE SECURITY GUARD

            Install alarm and security lights.

            Change a lock, install deadbolts.

            Install child safety devices.

            Develop whānau security plan.

 

DAY2 THE HANDYMAN

          Fixing a hole in the wall, gibbing, plastering, painting.

          Replacing a washer in a tap, changing a fuse.

          Fixing a window.

          Using a drill, hang curtain rods and pictures, door hinges.

 

DAY3 THE MECHANIC

          Oil and filter change.

          Basic vehicle service.

          Replace windscreen wiper blades.

 

DAY4  THE HUNTER

           Slaughter sheep.

           Butcher and process sheep.

 

DAY5   THE TRAILER MASTER

         Change a tire.

         Backing a trailer.

         Securing a load on a trailer.

 

DAY6 THE BUSHMAN

          Chainsaw safety.

          Chainsaw maintenance.

           Using a chain saw, the first steps.

 

DAY 7 THE FISHERMAN

           Fishing & tying tackle.

           Shared Kai

           Processing fish, filleting fish.

 

DAY8 THE LANDSCAPER

          Lawn mower safety and mowing lawns.

          Lawn mower maintenance.

 

DAY9 THE MECHANIC REVISITED

          Oil and filter change.

          Basic vehicle service.

          Replace bulbs and fuses.

 

DAY10 THE BUSHMAN REVISITED

            Practical chainsaw use, cutting wood.

            Delivering wood

 

DAY11 SAFETY FIRST

          Presentations by Fire Safety Officer and Civil Defense.

          Install smoke detector.

          Develop Whānau Safety Plans and Emergency Kits.

 

DAY12 THE CONFIDENT FIT MASTER

            Learn a basic fitness regimen, cardio and resistance.

            Learn self-defense techniques.

 

DAY 13 THE KARAWHIUA! GRADUATE

             Graduation ceremony.

 

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One of the beautiful waiata on the Whitiora album, performed by Maisie Rika, is entitled Ohomairangi.   The waiata is a love song in recognition of those who have passed on, for those who are still with us and for those generations yet to come.   A waiata composed by Maisie with her Uncle Leo Rika

The waiata is about the voyage of Ohomairangi, (Ngāti Whakaue) who came on the Te Arawa waka from Hawaiki to what is now known as Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, (Rotorua for short). The waiata portrays a journey both spiritually and physically; acknowledging the connection to the tupuna and your environment?
 

Māturuturu ana ō roimata
Ohomairangi e
Ki runga i ahau
E oho ake ai
I taku moe, e moe, e moe
Kore kiko
I taku moe, e moe, e moe
Pēhi wairua

Kia noho ake au
I tōku maunga
Titiro ki raro
Ki Rotorua-nui-ā-Kahu e

And so it was this week, that I sat within the tupuna whare, Ohomairangi, at Pikirangi Marae and thought about the nature of whakapapa, the legacy of ancestors that define and shape whānau.

The purpose for my visit was to work with a group of students who are studying for the Certificate of Whānau Ora being delivered by Tipu Ora.   Our Navigators in Murihiku are part of this first year of study for the Whānau Ora qualification. It is absolutely wonderful to have that credibility and recognition accorded to learning in whānau-centred knowledge.



The Symposium is coming!

We are all hyperventilating with excitement about the coming week and our symposium.  

You might just like to refresh your memory as to what the seven Whānau Ora pou are as our keynote speakers have been specifically selected to represent the entire range of pou, as well as our nine mana whenua iwi that comprise Te Taumata.

You might just be tested …….

So until next week, here’s a taster of the programme.  I can’t wait to see you all.

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